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Causes of Mouth Sores in People with HIV

December 3, 2018
by Jamie Eske, Medical News Today


Mouth sores, also known as ulcers, are a common symptom of HIV. Mouth sores can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life if they do not get treatment.

People living with HIV are more likely to develop oral health problems because the virus can weaken the immune system, which makes it harder to fight infection.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 40–50 percent of people living with HIV have oral infections that can cause complications in the mouth, including sores.

Mouth sores can be painful and make eating, swallowing, and taking medications more challenging.

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